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Health Agencies Update
October 21, 1998

Study Recruiting Kids With Asthma

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JAMA. 1998;280(15):1298. doi:10.1001/jama.280.15.1298-JHA80008-3-1

Investigators at seven inner-city sites are recruiting children with moderate to severe asthma for a large nationwide study, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The randomized trial, which involves more than 1000 children 4 to 12 years of age, will test the effectiveness of two interventions.

One intervention will consist of a physician education system. This effort will involve gathering patient data (through bimonthly telephone interviews) on asthma severity, medication use, and health care utilization; interpreting the data according to asthma care guidelines developed by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program; and providing this information to the patient's primary care physician. The investigators will then assess the value of this exchange in improving the children's medical care.

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